Three different EU funding networks: ERA-NET SusAn (ERA-NET on Sustainable Animal Production Systems); ERA-GAS (Greenhouse Gas Monitoring and Mitigation in Agri- and Silviculture); and ICT-AGRI 2 (Information and Communication Technologies and Robotics for Sustainable Agriculture) are organizing a joint workshop to identify promising system approaches to reduce GHG emissions in livestock production and set coming research priorities.
More than 100 countries pledged to reduce GHG emissions in the 2015 Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Global GHG emissions from agriculture reached an all-time high in 2014, with 5.25 billion tons of CO2 equivalents, representing approximately 21% of total anthropogenic emissions (FAO June 2016). Therefore, the Agriculture sector needs to find ways to reduce emissions.
ERA-NET SusAn is an ERA-NET Cofund which aims to fund research which maximizes the benefits between the three pillars of sustainability: economy, environment and society in livestock production. ERA-GAS is an ERA-NET Cofund which aims to strengthen the transnational coordination of research programmes and provide added value to research and innovation on greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring and mitigation in the European Research Area. ICT-AGRI-2 is an ERA-NET which aims to contribute to the development of an eco-efficient, resource-efficient and competitive agriculture through an enhanced and improved use of ICT and robotics.
Aim of the workshop
SusAn, ERA-GAS and ICT-AGRI have identified a number of potential areas of synergy. This workshop will explore one of those areas in detail: Comparison of animal production systems with respect to GHGs. Particular attention will be paid to the following two sub-topics:
- Production technology and management for monogastric and ruminants (e.g. housing systems; optimal field and grazing management)
- Breeding, physiology, feed & nutrition
The output of the workshop will be the basis for future joint calls and other joint activities between the three ERA-NETs. The workshop will therefore focus on:
- Synthesising the expertise of participants in livestock production
- Enabling discussion of stakeholders in terms of research focus and eligibility
- Setting research priorities for future joint activities
- Identifiying possible topics for a common call of SusAn, ERA-GAS and ICT-AGRI
- Identifying a first list of areas of concerns that will be relevant for future development and alignment of research
Why should I participate?
The three ERA-NETs have overlapping areas of scope. Bringing the three communities together in one workshop creates the possibility to achieve much more than any of the groups can achieve individually. Your participation will allow you to input into the scope of future joint calls and other activities between the ERA-NETs. Through the highly interactive format the workshop will be an informative and stimulating experience. The date has been planned to coincide with the FACCE Governing Board meeting in Berlin. So if you are travelling for FACCE GB, you can get extra value for the trip by travelling one day early and attending this workshop. Finally, the output of the workshop will be a deliverable for all three ERA-NETs. As partner in the ERA-NETs, we hope that you will contribute to the successful achievement of the aims of the individual ERA-NETs and towards a more sustainable livestock production system for Europe.
How do I register?
The expected audience of 60-85 people will consist of funders and scientific experts. The workshop is not open to the public. Participants need to be a partner in one of the three ERA-Nets or nominated and invited as national experts by these partners. Therefore, we would like to invite you to nominate and send:
- one partner representative from each partner for each ERA-NET*
- a maximum of two experts (total) to cover the areas of „Production technology and management for monogastric and ruminants“ and „Breeding, physiology, feed & nutrition“
* In order to activate unit costs for the ERA-NET Cofunds (SusAn and ERA-GAS), it is necessary to have a representative from each funding partner, for each ERA-NET Cofund, e.g., if your organisation is involved in SusAn and ERA-GAS, it should send two representatives. If a funding partner is also a member of ICT-AGRI, at your discretion, the representative for SusAn or ERA-GAS can also represent ICT-AGRI.
** Please include a balance between the experts from the fields of livestock farming; GHG monitoring and mitigation; and ICT in agriculture. It is strongly recommended that different partners from one country agree on the expert invitation. Therefore, please contact the other funding partners from your country in advance of making your nomination.
The registration for the workshop is via the ICT-AGRI website: http://ict-agri.eu/events. There is no need to be a registered user for the registration. Just click on the registration button on the right of the column of the workshop, then click on “Add Registration” and add the required information. Please enter the area of expertise in the Remark Box (e.g., funder for ERA-GAS/ expert in pig housing & filtering systems)! The organization of groups for the interactive breakout sessions will be based on this information, so the more detail you can give, the better.
Additional information regarding accommodation and arrival is provided in the practical information.
Reimbursement of costs
a) If you have a travel budget from SusAn, ERA-GAS or ICT-AGRI please use it first.
b) If you have own national money, please use that.
c) If a and b are not possible, please send a request to cover the costs (including a travel budget plan) to BLE.
For further information please contact Jan Erpenbach: Jan.Erpenbach@ble.de.